It’s Red Hook Crit time. What started as an underground event to celebrate David August Trimble’s birthday…seven years later, is now one of the premiere cycling competitions in New York City.
Here is a guide from David himself on BikeNYC.org:
The Essential Guide to the Red Hook Crit 2014
By: David Trimble (photo of: Ingrid Drexler by Eloy Anzola )
In 2008, I organized the first ever Red Hook Crit to celebrate my 26th birthday. As someone who came up with one foot in traditional road bike racing and the other in unsanctioned urban alleycat races, I wanted to create a competition that would combine the physical intensity of road races with the amazing rivalries and spirit from the urban cycling scene. Despite the modest turnout at that first RHC event in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the atmosphere was intense and the race was a memorable one, with Kacey Manderfield pulling ahead to victory in a tight sprint against her male rivals.
Seven years on, Red Hook Crit has become a New York City cycling institution and spread across the Atlantic, with additional races held annually in Barcelona and Milan. RHC events pit world-class competitors against one another, racing on brakeless track bikes, with thousands of spectators cheering them on. This year, we’re excited to be hosting our first Women’s Criterium and introducing a field of future women cycling champions.
Brooklyn’s Hipster Bike Race ‘It’s Not About the Money’
By: Leon Lazaroff
March 26th, 2014
Or maybe a prototypical Brooklyn happening featuring a horde of cyclists riding fixed-gear track bikes with no brakes at night around a tight course on a long pier facing lower Manhattan in front of 8,000 people, drinking and shouting and trying to figure out who’s winning.
Either way, the Red Hook Crit has evolved in seven years into something of a mecca among cycling enthusiasts with survivalist inclinations. And as the Crit, short for criterium, has grown, the borough that it calls home has been remade once again by its younger inhabitants, many of them eager migrants who’ve gravitated to the self-confident hipster capital of the world in hopes of being among the best of their generation’s artists, developers, thinkers and promoters.
This event has come a long way from when volunteers had to try and hold off cars from plowing into a pack of speeding track bikes on the cobblestone streets near IKEA.
This year there was so much interest from the ladies, they got their own race.
This winter she’s been tearing it up on the Cyclocross circuit.
She’ll be rockin her Stanridge designed by London based street artist Ben EINE.
Speaking of the ladies, Susi Wunsch from VeloJoy just posted a great interview with Jo Celso who rides with LA’s Wolfpack Hustle.
IN RED HOOK CRIT WOMENS RACE, A VICTORY BEFORE THE START
When Jo Celso lines up at the start of this year’s first-ever women’s field for the annual Red Hook Crit cycling race at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal on Saturday night, she will already have beaten the most formidable of foes: cancer.
The 25-year-old, who rides for the otherwise male Wolfpack Hustle Track Team in San Diego, CA, received a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma half-way through her first season of racing in 2011. Remarkably, Celso came back 6 months later to claim victory in the women’s field of the popular L.A. Marathon Crash track race. (See top photo: Mikey Wally)
That event is part of the world of unsanctioned urban racing, in which the Red Hook Crit is a force, having grown from a small neighborhood event to a series that draws an international field, as well as crowds of spectators who thrill to the excitement of night racing on track bikes without brakes or gears. Race organizer David Trimble says he recognized demand for a separate women’s field as the race grew — there are now six qualifying races on the men’s side — and “our long overdue ability to control a second field” made adding it a reality this season.
Celso joins an inaugural field of more than 35 women from the U.S., Italy and Puerto Rico. A key player in a vibrant women’s racing community based around the San Diego Velodrome, the young racer talked with us recently about the new women’s race, biking on chemo and what it’s like to be female in the male-dominated world of street racing.
Bring it! This Saturday night, cheer on the new Red Hook Crit women’s field, which includes a talented roster of New York City racers. Click here for all the details.
Have you raced Red Hook before?
I came out last year and I didn’t qualify; none of the women did. I remember walking away frustrated. I felt like there was just this big gap between a person like me and some of the pros and semi-pros, especially the guys who are winning and placing.I felt like that was the essence with a lot of the women. We felt like there was just no place for us. But when I heard they were putting in a women’s field at Red Hook, I went from not wanting to be there to really wanting to go.
The Race will be going on all day with qualifications. Here is more info:
CRITERIUM RACE DETAILS (MEN’S)
24 Laps / 31.5 KM total distance
200 Riders attempt to qualify*
85 Riders advance to the main race
Track bikes required
Points awarded towards The Red Hook Criterium Championship Series
Edward Albert is a former road racer and avid vintage bicycle collector. His passion for road bikes is extensive and many of his prize rides adorn his home in Chappaqua, N.Y. A portal to his collection can be found on his site: thevintagebikelife.com.
Here are a few examples to drool over: (From PROLLY )
Eddie is curating a show, at the Rapha Cycling Club store (64 Gansevoort St.-Meat Packing District of NYC) entitled-Gangs of New York: The Early Years of NYC Cycling Clubs.
“Rapha Cycle Club invites you to Gangs of New York: The Early Years of NYC Cycling Clubs. From the collection of Edward Albert, Rapha showcases the thundering race scene that existed in early 20th century NYC. Highlighting four local race clubs through bikes, jerseys, and ephemera, this show reveals the origins of road racing in New York.
Please join us for an informal opening Saturday March 29th from 2pm-4pm. Edward Albert will be in attendance to discuss the collection. Gangs of New York will be on display through May 1st.
You’ve probably been hearing through the airwaves that the highly successful bike sharing program of NYC, Citibike is facing finnacial woes. Hampered by a brutal winter, which greatly decreased ridership, there also seems to be some short sighted planning from the system creator Alta, based out of Portland.
Apparently this bike share is the one of the only ones that doesn’t rely on funding from
the city it’s based in like other programs. Cities working with their bike share sends a message they are united together to provide clean yet affordable transportation options unlike NYC which allows these types of programs but does little to support them. It reminds me of the mixed message of the Bloomberg
administration where the Department or Transportation was saying “everyone ride bikes,” while the cops were ticketing people for running red lights in Central Park, or clamping down on group rides.
Without city help, the bike share relies on their sponsor, the “Too Big To Fail” Citibank, who provided startup operational costs, but mostly on it’s customers.
Those users of the system quickly realize that it makes the most sense to pay the one time fee and become annual members. This is the best finnacial choice for the riders, but doesn’t help generate enough revenue leaving Citibike strapped for cash and looking to the city for a bit of a bailout.
Transportation Alternatives director Paul Steely White was interviewed in Brooklyn Magazine and does a good job of breaking down what’s going on:
Systemic Issues Threaten Citi Bike Long-Term
By: Phillip Pantuso
March 25th, 2014 photo by: AM NY/Getty
Here is today’s “woe is Citi Bike” update, wherein we explore why the beleaguered bike sharing program is facing financial difficulties (a.k.a. “hemorrhaging” money), even as it’s become an indispensable part of New York City’s public transportation infrastructure.
By many measures, the implementation of New York’s first bicycle-sharing program has been a success. Despite hysterical warnings that Citi Bike would bring ““total carnage” to the streets of New York, the program has been remarkably safe. There has been a lot of demand and enthusiasm, too. “People want the system to succeed,” Paul Steely White, the Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives, who were instrumental in bringing the program here in the first place.
Last week WNYC radio launched several journalistic endeavors into a surge of traffic fatalities that has been plaguing the citizens of NYC and newly instated mayor DeBlasio who has committed to #visionzero, a title for an initiative to reduce all traffic deaths to zero.
In only two and half months of 2014 there have been quite the opposite of zero, 48 traffic deaths in NYC, an alarming number indeed.
WNYC’s traffic blog, Transportation Nation has recently launched their Mean Streets tracker, a one year reporting project that will have an on line running total of a traffic deaths.
Follow the story here:
March 19th, 2014
By: Jenny Ye & Kat Aaron
More than half of the 27 pedestrians killed by cars in New York City this year died on major roadways. That’s just one of the findings of a new WNYC analysis of traffic deaths, Mean Streets. We wanted to help New Yorkers understand who is dying on the city streets from traffic-related causes, and why.
As of March 19, 45 people have been killed in traffic crashes in 2014: 27 pedestrians, 13 drivers, three passengers and two cyclists. The youngest person killed was 5-year-old Rashard Charles, who died in Crown Heights on March 16. The oldest was 81-year-old Ruben Rivera, killed in a hit-and-run on Atlantic Avenue in February. Nine of the 46 deaths did not get media attention until now.
Last week, reporter Jim O’Grady did three stories on traffic fatalities including a profile of Hsi-Pei Lao who’s 4 year old daughter was killed by an SUV while legally crossing the street in Flushing Queens.
Girl Gone: Anatomy Of a New York City Pedestrian Death
March 18th, 2014
Girl Gone: Anatomy Of a New York City Pedestrian DeathHsi-Pei Liao at an intersection in Flushing. Behind him is the street where his four-year-old daughter, Allison, was struck and killed by an SUV. (Jim O’Grady/WNYC)
On a recent chilly Sunday, Hsi-Pei Liao stood with his back to the intersection of Cherry Avenue and Main Street in Flushing. Over his shoulder was the spot in the crosswalk where an SUV hit his four-year-old daughter Allison and 71-year-old mother Chin Hua. The two were walking hand-in-hand, crossing with the signal.
It was Sunday, Oct. 6, around 5 p.m. He’s thought a lot about how Allison got to that spot, at that moment. “That day, Allison really wanted to go outside to get a watermelon,” he recalled. “She was pretty insistent, which normally she wasn’t. She normally just watched TV, watched Dora.”
Time’s Up! Movie Night!
Every 2nd Thursday
Free entrance and popcorn (vegan)
local beer available
7:30pm doors, 8:00pm screening
XUP Brooklyn Space, 99 S. 6th Street-Williamsburg (off of Bedford Ave-right under the Williamsburg Bridge)
FUNNY BIKE SHORTS
Celebrate April Fools and oncoming warmer bike weather with a night of weird and humorous short bike films.
LINE OF SIGHT
Gripping, first-person footage of Alleycat races from around the world. From the helmet camera mastery of rider/film maker Lucas Brunelle.
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NYC Velo is an awesome neighborhood bike shop in the East Village with a Cyclocross, Road and Mountain bike competitive edge. Now they have a new shop in the Gotham West Market (600 11th Ave) in Manhattan.
A recent post from their blog:
A LOOK INSIDE OUR NEW HELL’S KITCHEN (GOTHAM WEST MARKET) LOCATION
NYC Velo is proud to announce its newest addition in Hell’s Kitchen! The new shop is situated in the (also new) Gotham West Market at 600 11th Avenue (spanning the length of the block between 44th and 45th streets) and 1 short block east of the Hudson River bike path (at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum). The Gotham West Market is an amazing collection of food and drink purveyors, all focused on providing an excellent product.The new location is very much an extension of the original NYC Velo (in the East Village), with a similar (but not identical) product mix and a top-notch Service Department. Speaking of Service Departments, the Mechanic Team will be on site at the new location on an extended schedule. In the Spring, Summer, and early Fall, the Service Department will be staffed and ready to repair your bike starting at 7am and running until 10pm. With extended service hours, we will be able to offer a significant convenience to customers who may need to drop off or pick up bikes outside of normal retail hours, and be able to dramatically reduce service order turnaround time.
In addition to offering great products (bikes, apparel, accessories), both road and hybrid bike rentals, convenient and comprehensive bicycle repair and maintenance services, and professional bike fitting services, the Hell’s Kitchen location offers safe and secure bicycle storage. Whether you need short term storage for your beloved bike while you grab an espresso at Blue Bottle next door or a long-term solution to free up space in your apartment, NYC Velo has you covered!Starting in March, the NYC Velo Shop Ride returns! The dates and times will be posted soon, though all rides will meet at the Blue Bottle Coffee at the Gotham West Market. In addition, we’ll be streaming professional bike races (from the Spring Classics to the Tour de France to the Cyclocross World Championships) live in the Market, right next to The Cannibal Beer & Butcher. Look for other great cycling events coming this year with our friends ( Little Chef, The Brooklyn Kitchen, El Colmado, The Genuine Roadside, Court Street Grocers, and Ivan Ramen) at the Market!
Spring has Sprung and March is here so the Shop Rides are on starting this Sunday, March 22nd and continuing on all summer long.
Here is a message from NYC Velo:
Happy first day of Spring! Excited to let you know that NYC Velo, the bike shop at Gotham West Market, will kick off their group “shop rides” this Saturday, March 22, and will continue weekly through the summer.
Rides will meet every Saturday at Blue Bottle Coffee inside the Market at 9am. An average ride will take around three-and-a-half hours, so guests are encouraged to consider their ability and equipment before heading out, though of course, no rider will be left behind and there are several “out & back” points along the ride.
Lead by NYC Velo staff, a typical route may follow the northbound Hudson River bike path and proceed over the George Washington Bridge to River Road in the Palisades State Park before stopping to refuel in Piermont, New York. The group will then return down Route 9W to the bridge and eventually back to Gotham West Market. Routes are subject to change weekly.
Please note that riders must wear helmets to participate and there will be no direct medical support and limited mechanical support on the ride.
Here is a crowd fund campaign for an ultra thin iphone case which also has bike tools.
MYTASK-iPhone Case with Built-In Utility
MyTask, not just a case…
MyTask is not just a case for your iPhone 5/5s, but a revolution in phone protection and utility. Our new myTask case has a built-in sliding tray that seamlessly integrates with your phone to help you carry and store all those items you need everyday. Manufactured from a tough polycarbonate and covered with a luxurious Black OR Red soft-touch coating, myTask will protect your iPhone against drops and scratches all while looking and feeling great.
Last month, February was Black History Month and although it’s a bit shallow in sentiment only to be given a month, it’s a nice way to honor those who we may never have been aware of. It also makes for good times for book reports for the kids. I was pleasantly surprised to learn about Nelson “the Cheetah ” Valis who was the first African American cyclist to win an Olympic medal. He was the key note speaker at the Youth Bike Summit and reflected on his days as a NYC bike messenger.
Now you über bike nerds probable know all this but I just learned about
Alfansia Strada who just had a plaza named after her in Italy’s Piemonte region in the town of San Salvatore Monferrato.
Alfansia was the only woman ever to ride in and complete the Giro d’Italia.
Here is more from: Road.cc
Bicycling magazine has a nice profile of 8 innovators of bicycle advocacy in the US and sure enough, many of them are women.
Including our own Helen Ho of Recycle-a-Bicycle.
While You Were Out Riding, Bike Advocacy Became Cool
Development Director for Recycle-a-Bicycle, Founder of the Tour de Queens
“We’re training the next generation of bike mechanics and bike riders,” says Ho. The nonprofit teaches maintenance courses in 20 NYC public schools and takes 1,000 kids on rides with the motto “Have fun, ride safe.” After completing about 30 volunteer hours, kids start their earn-a-bike apprenticeship—10 to 20 hours of wrenching per bicycle—with no limit to the number they can earn for themselves and their families. For Ho, the potential for forming new connections via the bike seems equally boundless—she’s discovered that it’s an ideal vehicle for her talents as a community organizer. In 2008 she created the Tour de Queens, an 18-mile family-friendly ramble around the borough; last year it sold out, drawing 1,250 riders.